Undoubtedly the best way to experience South Luangwa is to be in your own (safari) vehicle. A Luangwa self-drive exploration and guided service when needed, gives you the freedom to plan for your own interests and move at your own pace plus adds the thrill of spotting wildlife at your leisure.
Our number one tip; Please…respect wildlife and other humans!
Like you, most people have come to South Luangwa to get away from the noisy outside world and to experience African wildlife at its ﬁnest.
Don’t interfere with wildlife either by feeding them or ask your private guide to drive too close to them.
Wildlife always has right of way in crossing the road.
Remember also that most of your fellow humans have come to this park and its surroundings for a “wilderness” experience and thus minimizing unnecessary noise from music, cell phones and loud talking would almost certainly be appreciated.
Stay in your car during your self-drive in the game management area or whilst on safari in the park. Wildlife is used to vehicles, which have an accepted silhouette, whereas a human shape signifies that of a predator, which will cause alarm. Do however get out in the village and at various community projects and enjoy Zambian life. That's why you have your "own" vehicle.
Do not speed.
Drive slowly and keep your eyes and ears wide open.
Watch out for movements in the bush, and be very patient. Waterholes, lagoon and rivers are great for viewing wildlife, as the animals (and birds) will always come looking for water.
Ask other people if they have had any special experiences or sightings, and share yours. Everyone is here for more or less the same reason, so don’t feel shy about talking to strangers. Information gleaned from other visitors may be helpful in planning the next part of your route.
So in short, kindly respect the following etiquettes whilst enjoying South Luangwa National Park and surroundings;
* Don’t overcrowd sightings
* Don’t use phones to call others
* Be respectful of animals on sightings
* Don’t drive off road, don’t rev your engine or move your vehicle unnecessary whilst around animals
* Stick to park rules, the maximum speed limit is 40km/h (too fast for game viewing) and off-road driving is strictly prohibited
* Ensure to have (and check) your permit or speak to the friendly gate staff if in doubt on any of the regulations inside the Park
* Be professional and respectful to all around you (that includes humans and animals)
* Be respectful in local communities and ask before taking pictures
We wish you a wonderful time in and around South Luangwa and look forward hearing your wildlife and community stories!
Should you be interested to expand your knowledge on animals a bit, or you are unsure on wildlife behaviour; we highly recommend taking a guided game drive or two to enhance your self-drive adventures. This will give you a feel for what the animals may do, and build your confidence on what to expect when you are driving yourself through villages and game management areas. Our professional guide will drive an open professional safari vehicle for game drives inside the National Park and you may keep the vehicle outside of his game drive hours, or you swap back to your closed 4x4 hire vehicle. Do get in touch with us on this or read on about our mix and match safaris.
Have a fantastic time!